PS Game 2 Preview

Posted: August 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The preseason opener was a sloppy affair. Doug Pederson couldn’t have been thrilled with his team’s execution. Way too many mistakes. That’s ancient history now and the Eagles are focused on Game Two, when they take on the Jaguars. It’s a rematch of the London Bowl!!!

Are you excited?

We don’t know who will play, but it sure feels like a lot of starters will sit out this week as well. With that in mind, let’s talk about who to focus on.

QBs – Cody Kessler certainly ain’t Dan Marino, but it sure would be nice if he could play at a functional level. Last week wasn’t good. Nate Sudfeld’s injury gave Kessler a lot more reps in practice so that should help him to be better prepared this time out. Kessler has to show the Eagles something. Anything. If not, they have to start thinking about bringing in a QB.

Clayton Thorson should have the nerves out of his system for this game. That was the excuse for last week’s poor showing. Thorson has NFL potential, but he’s kept it to himself most of the summer. That has to change. Forget about big plays. Just go find the open guy and get him the ball.

Miles Sanders – He didn’t get much time last week and I’m guessing the coaches will change that. They want to get him more game reps so he can be ready for the regular season. I hope the Eagles get the ball to him in space. I want to see what he can do.

WRs – Make a play. Anybody. Make a friggin’ play. If you re-watch the opener, TEN receivers made tough catches. Eagles receivers didn’t make tough or easy grabs. The QB play didn’t help, but receivers must do their part. I’m desperate to see Greg Ward do anything. Can Marken Michel make another big play? I am interested to see what Donnel Pumphrey does as a WR.

OL – Who will play where? My guess is that Big V will stay at RG and Jordan Mailata will play RT, but we’ll have to see. Big V got some snaps at RT this week in practice. Mailata took a huge step forward last year from game to game to game. Can he do that again? I hope Matt Pryor settles down and plays better. I’m curious to see if Nate Herbig stays at center. He struggled last week. He’s more natural at OG.

DE – Sounds like Daeshon Hall is still banged up so we’ll see a lot of Josh Sweat and the other guys. Get ready for lots of Shareef Miller, Eli Harold and Kasim Edebali. Huge opportunity for Miller. He was okay last week, but must play better to push for a roster spot. I’m interested to see what Harold can do. I liked him coming out of college.

Malik Jackson – The veteran DT is looking for revenge against his former team. Odd to have a chip like that in a preseason game, but whatever works for him.

LB – Will Paul Worrilow make his Eagles debut? Injuries have plagued him since joining the team in March of 2018. I’d love to see Worrilow on the field to get a feel for whether he’s just a body at this point or if he can push for a spot. I’m excited to see L.J. Fort again. That dude can fly. Will Nate Gerry get better? This is Year 3 for him. We need to see more.

S – Tre Sullivan needs to bounce back in a big way. He had some bad moments in the opener. With Blake Countess gone, Sullivan could still win a spot on this team. He must play better. Johnathan Cyprien came alive last week as the game went along. I hope he can build off that.

CB – How much do you play Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas? They looked good. They’re healthy at a beat up position. The problem is that the backup backup CBs struggled last week. It will be interesting to see what Jim Schwartz does with his young players. I hope Jay Liggins gets more snaps. I want to see what he can do.

*****

Stay healthy.

Convert some 3rd downs.

Score some points.

Make a play or two on defense.

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